Successful carbon abatement technologies and projects on the agenda of international conference

Scientists, researchers, representatives of the Brazilian government, regulatory and petroleum agencies to meet at Sustainable Gas Research Innovation, with a focus on natural gas exploration

“Transforming gas to transform the future” is the theme of the third edition of Sustainable Gas Research and Innovation (SGRI) conference, which takes place on September 25 and 26, in São Paulo. This annual meeting is organized and promoted by the FAPESP Shell Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI), in conjunction with Sustainable Gas Innovation (SGI), connected with the Imperial College London. The two institutions are partners in research projects that seek technologies that a capable of optimizing the role of natural gas within the world’s energy panorama, and they have a special interest in such subjects as carbon capture and abatement, the transformation of CO2 into value-added products, the regulation of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) initiatives, and others.

The event will have lectures by seven keynote speakers, including representatives of Petrobras, Shell, the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources of the University of Texas, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Brazilian Company for Research and Industrial Innovation (EMBRAPII), and Brazil’s National Petroleum, Natural Gas, and Biofuels Agency (ANP).

They will talk about successful technologies and initiatives for carbon abatement in projects that involve companies and governments; methane emissions; regulatory measures; investments expected in Brazil’s natural gas; and the efforts of Petrobras to minimize the emissions of its production processes. Presentations take place in the plenary sessions, in the opening morning sessions and in the afternoons of the two-day event.

There will also be parallel and sequential sessions in which scientists from the two institutions will present the results of their studies. Some 30 researchers sent their work, in advance, to be selected for presentation within the scope of eight overall subjects: laws, regulations, and policies; utilization and decarbonization of CO2; CO2 capture; infrastructure and general knowledge regarding CO2; storage and monitoring; methane emissions; new uses for natural gas; and natural gas infrastructure.

Oral presentations take place in three parallel sessions, in the morning and the afternoon. Two poster sessions will be presented on TV screens spread throughout the foyer, outside the auditorium. The event will close with a panel discussion by five of the speakers. Eleven SCI scientists are expected to be in attendance. On the Brazilian side, the organizers are counting on the presence of the RCGI’s 250 researchers.

The opening session of the event will be attended by officials from the University of São Paulo (USP), the São Paulo Foundation for Research Funding (FAPESP), and the government of the State of São Paulo, as well as executives of Shell, the RCGI’s Scientific Director, Júlio Meneghini, and the SGI’s Deputy Director, Adam Hawkes.

More information and the schedule can be found at the site:

Information: The III Sustainable Gas Research Innovation (SGRI) conference will take place on September 25 and 26, in the CDI/USP Auditorium (Av. Prof. Lúcio Martins Rodrigues, 310, Cidade Universitária, Butantã, São Paulo).

RCGI welcomes expert on renewable energy from the Imperial College London

Specialist in sustainability and renewable energy sources, Rocio Diaz-Chavez, will speak and teach a course at USP.

On July 5, the FAPESP-Shell Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI) will receive Professor Rocio A. Diaz-Chavez, from the Imperial College London, for the lecture “Environmental and socioeconomic sustainability in the energy sector”. The event is free of charge and open to the public, and will be held in the auditorium of the Energy and Environment Institute (IEE), from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The presence of Ms. Diaz-Chavez is an initiative of the team of RCGI’s Project 27, which is coordinated by IEE Professor Suani Coelho.

The visiting speaker has extensive experience in assessing economic, environmental, social and political/institutional sustainability with the use of renewable energy sources, especially for bioenergy projects in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, including the impacts of climate change. She is currently a member of the Center for Environmental Policy of the Imperial College, as the principal researcher and coordinator of various research projects.

Besides the lecture, she will give a 60-hour course for RCGI’s researchers, IEE students, and Professors of the Integrated Post-Graduate Program in Bioenergy of ESALQ/USP, from June 26 to July 3.


Lecture “Environmental and socioeconomic sustainability in the energy sector”

Date: July 5, 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Place: IEE Amphitheater (Av. Professor Luciano Gualberto, 1.289 – Cidade Universitária, São Paulo – Tel. 11 3091-2534)


Enrolment open for a free course on the environmental impacts of transportation

Lecturer of the Imperial College London teaches mini-course at the new headquarters of the Research Center for Gas Innovation (RCGI), at Poli-USP.

Dr. Marc Stettler, from the Imperial College London, will be in Brazil between September 21st and 23rd to teach the course Transport and the Environment, to be held in the premises of the Escola Politécnica (School of Engineering) of the University of São Paulo (Poli-USP), in São Paulo. Stettler is a Lecturer with the Centre for Transport Studies, from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Imperial College. His researches aim to quantify and to reduce the environmental impacts of transport by using an emission measuring scale and modelling tools.

Sponsored by the Human Resources Program of the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (PRH-ANP) and by the Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI), the course is promoted by researchers with the Institute for Energy and the Environment of the University of São Paulo (IEE-USP) who conduct a research on the implementation of a blue corridor in the State of São Paulo. The project has been developed at the Research Center for Gas Innovation – RCGI ambit, which also promotes the event.

“We believe that Dr. Stettler’s visit will be a  great contribution to the RCGI projects, especially to ours, particularly in modelling the environmental impacts in the context of alternative fuels use, in transportation in general – land, waterway and air – and in heavy vehicles,” states Thiago Brito, an IEE doctoral researcher and a member of the project team.

“It is an introductory course that will basically deal with the question: how do transport modes impact the environment? Marc Stettler is an expert in modelling, more precisely aiming to measure and to quantify these impacts,” he explains.

The course is divided into four modules lasting four hours each. On the 21st, module 1 takes up the whole morning (8 a.m. to 12 a.m.). On the 22nd, modules 2 (8 a.m. to 12 a.m.) and 3 (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.) are held and on the 23rd, a group activity closes the seminar, in module 4 (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.). The sessions will be held at the new RCGI headquarters, marking the opening of the premises, located in the Mechanical Engineering building of Poli-USP (Av. Prof. Mello Moraes, 2.231, Cidade Universitária, São Paulo). Enrol at: /events-2016/spring-workshop-seminar-in-transport-and-its-environment/

Researcher from the Imperial College, London, gives a lecture about commercialization at the RCGI

According to Kris Anderson, it is a top priority to identify those ideas which have the greatest commercial potential among the initiatives taken by researchers in the areas of oil and gas.

On 6 April, the Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI) promotes the lecture on Industrial Partnerships: Turning research ideas into new technology, with researcher Kris Anderson, of the Sustainable Gas Institute, associated with the Imperial College of London. This event takes place at 2 p.m. in the Amphitheatre of the Mechanical and Naval Engineering Building of the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (Poli-USP), and will be open to the general public, with enrolments being made through the Internet (

Mr. Anderson will discuss the path towards commercialization of new Technologies, and also how to successfully work with industrial partners. In recent years, he has worked towards the commercial development of research for several companies operating in the oil and gas segment, including Chevron, UOP, BP, PETRONAS, Cameron, BG Group and Shell.

“The development of commerce is a difficult and expensive process. The prospects of success can be significantly improved, theoretically exploiting the areas behind projects before major financial commitments are made. Ideas for new technologies are often abundant, but it is essential to establish which of these ideas have the greatest commercial potential to be successful”, says the researcher, who is an expert in the areas of development and commercialization of technology for gas separation.


Venue: Amphitheatre of the Mechanical and Naval Engineering Building of the Polytechnic School of USP.

Address: Av. Professor Mello Moraes, 2.231, São Paulo – SP

Time: 2 p.m.

Enrolments can be made through the website

About RCGI

The RCGI ( was set up at the end of last year to investigate the current and future use of natural gas, with the purpose of increasing its participation in the energy matrix of the Country while reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. Natural gas has a strategic role to play in the transition between an energy matrix based on fossils to a cleaner matrix.

With an expected volume of BRL 100 million in investments on the part of the Research Support Foundation of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP) and BG Brazil (a company of the BG Group that has recently been purchased by Shell), RCGI is investigating not only the use of solar energy for the production of syngas, but also the use of natural gas as fuel for ships, advanced combustion, fuel cells for hydrogen, among other issues.